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Vancouver Day Trips

Total Reset in the Fraser Valley

Soothing hot springs, farm-to-table flavours and real-life Sasquatch sightings: the Fraser Valley offers plenty of ways to relax, refuel, and renew your sense of wonder

By CHLOË LAI

Jan. 2019

Duft & Co Bakehouse (Photo courtesy Duft & Co Bakehouse)

Seeking a restorative side trip? You don’t have to go far. Just an hour’s drive from Vancouver, warm community vibes welcome world-weary visitors to Abbotsford, affectionately known as the “city in the country.” Bonus for foodies: many local eateries source their ingredients directly from Fraser Valley growers. Explore the historic downtown area’s charming shops, then settle in at Duft & Co Bakehouse to reconnect with your travel companions over homemade sandwiches, or pastries such as cinnamon buns and twice-baked almond croissants. Everything is made fresh daily, using recipes developed by husband-and-wife team Tyler Duft and Cassandra Crocco. Right around the corner, gluten-free cafe The Polly Fox beckons with cheesy pizza buns, I-can’t-believe-they’re-vegan apple fritters and (on Saturdays only) vegan waffles served sandwich-style or with tasty toppings. Even delicious sips such as cappuccino and hot chocolate can be made vegan thanks to tasty nut mylks provided by next-door-neighbour The Habit Project. (more…)

Set Sail with Leavetown

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cruise through crisp Pacific waters on a sleek sailboat.

Cruise through the crisp Pacific waters on a sleek yacht. 

When warm weather hits, there’s nothing quite like catching a wave. Soak up Vancouver’s marine scene on Leavetown’s luxurious 17-m (56-ft) Indio Navi yacht. Salty dogs cruise the waves on daylong excursions, or clear a few days to let the tides take them to beautiful Bowen Island and beyond. Pack a picnic, or request catered provisions. A skipper is provided, making it the perfect summertime excursion—even if you don’t know stern from starboard. Anchors aweigh!

BC Wineries: 5 Awesome Ways to Tour the Wine-Makers of British Columbia

By KAT TANCOCK

BC Wineries

BC Wineries: Experience them by helicopter (Photo: courtesy of Valhalla)

When it comes to wine tours, conventional wisdom dictates that if you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all. BC wineries, however, have never been fond of convention. These New World players are coming up with clever ways to experience vineyards, and introducing people to new BC wineries and vintages along the way. Here are five west coast tours that showcase BC wineries in a way that you’ll never forget.

See our photographic tour of five awesome way to tour BC wineries »